Strength Training & Suffering An Injury During Strength Training
Strength training and the inclusion of strength training in athletes training regimens have become increasingly popular.
Strength training is a type of physical exercise that specializes in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, thus building the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.
Benefits of Strength Training
When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health, happiness and well-being, such as:
- intensified bone, tendon, muscle and ligament strength and toughness
- enhanced joint function
- increased bone density
- increased metabolism
- decreasing the potential for injury
- increased fitness
- enhanced cardiac function
- improved lipoprotein lipid profiles, example – elevated HDL (‘good cholesterol’)
Sports where strength training is prevalent:
Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. Several sports use strength training as part of their training regimen, such as:
It’s very important to remember, the key to strength training is doing it properly. Follow the technique of progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental weight increases. Done properly, strength training uses a variety of exercises and types of equipment to target specific muscle groups.
Strength training is predominantly an anaerobic activity, however some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise via circuit training.
When performing strength training, it’s crucial you know your body’s boundaries and the proper training techniques so you don’t strain or pull something, or find yourself with a serious back or neck injury.
Some of the most common injuries that can occur while performing strength training are:
- disc herniation
- IT band syndrome
- Achilles tendonitis
- SLAP tear
- hamstring pulls and tears
- tennis elbow
- patellar tendonitis
Listen to Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, October 29 and hear more about strength training and common injuries while performing strength training.
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